Fortunately, I don't have the problem of short legs. Quite the other way around sometimes. I have a 34" jeans inseam and have no trouble riding KTMs, GS Adventures, Tiger XC, and so on.
Now, the Tiger Roadie I have at the moment doesn't give me trouble in that regard - it has a good height, not too high, not too low, but it has one downside: I scrape the foot pegs quite often. I have already shortened the peg feelers on both sides and if I continue to ride like this I fear that sooner rather than later I will touch down with hard-mounted parts. The side stand switch is one of the common victims in that regard.
As I don't want that to happen because it is a) dangerous and b) annoying, I was looking around for ways to raise the bike slightly. I didn't want to go very far with that, just a little bit more ground clearance and therefore lean angle. I found a company in England - Lust Racing - which has so-called "jack up kits" for various bikes, including the Tiger 800. Normally used for racers or wannabe racers to change the handling of the bike, there are various lengths to chose from to optimize just for the situation / rider / required ride change.
After some back and forth, measuring, and discussing this on the Tiger 800 Forum I ordered a +15mm kit. This is the shortest they have and probably just right for what I was looking for. The kit came in today and I installed it right away. These things are so easy to install - it took me about 15 minutes to get them on. Here are some photos:
|Originals left, new ones on the right|
|New "dog bones" installed|
The longer the connector, the more the bike "hangs down". The same concept is of course used for lowering kits where longer connectors are used. The ones you see above are just slightly shorter than the original ones, but they do create a noticeable change (more than the difference in length).
After I installed them I did a short test ride and noticed no ill effects. I also didn't notice too much of a change in handling which is exactly what I wanted. The bike might handle just a little bit sharper, fall a bit quicker into a corner, but really, there isn't much of a difference.
After that I moved the front forks down in the fork clamps to also gain a little bit of height there. Overall I got 4mm in the front, and 15mm in the back, the bike is now just a little bit higher, when sitting on it I barely notice it. The good part of that small increase is that I have no troubles at all with the side and center stand. When the bike is on the center stand, there is still 10mm between rear wheel and ground, an added benefit is that it goes up on the stand a little bit easier. The side stand is also okay, there is barely any difference in lean.
So far so good, next weekend will be a longer test ride - we will ride to Lake Tahoe on Saturday and back on Sunday. Really looking forward to it!